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Lena Lake

Olympic Peninsula

Location

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal
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Length

7.2 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Gain: 1300 ft.
Highest Point: 2000 ft.

Rating

4.11 out of 5

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WTA worked here: 2020
 

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Northwest Forest Pass
8.27.21 Bridge just before arrival at Lena Lake is undergoing reconstruction. Hikers can use a temporary trail below the bridge site that requires a ford (which may fluctuate water levels during rains). For safety, crews may delay hikers passing through the area, occasionally for significant amounts of time.
 
 

The hike to Lena Lake is doable for nearly every type of hiker. A wide path switchbacks gently at first and then just a little more steeply uphill through old- and second-growth forest to a large lake ringed by silent sentinels--huge old-growth fir trees that keep watch over day hikers and campers who elect to stay overnight at this wilderness refuge.

Beginning at the trailhead, an inviting path leads uphill into the forest. Roots and rocks are present, but for the most part, the way is smooth, and you’ll enjoy the sound of Lena Creek crashing downhill until a long traverse takes you away from the big stream. But you’re hardly leaving water. All along the way, waterfalls, streams, rivulets, and small drips cross the trail, keeping WTA volunteers busy each year building drainage ditches to keep your feet dry. Where the creek crossings are large, bridges provide not only a dry crossing, but also photo opportunities looking both uphill and down.

One mile from the trailhead you’ll enter a forest made up of more old-growth than second-growth. Carry on, keeping an eye out for a truly enormous boulder; a glacial erratic from eons past. Shortly after the boulder, find yourself on a beautiful bridge that crosses a dry gully! Take some photos from this unusual crossing, and then continue on to a fork about three miles from the trailhead.

The right fork takes you down to the lakeshore just a few hundred feet, but hiking along for roughly one-quarter mile leads you to a beautiful overlook of Lena Lake. You can’t access the lake from here, but it’s a great spot to stop and enjoy lunch, laze in the sun, and get some good shots of the large lake below.

 

Lena Lake

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 47.5997, -123.1512 Open map in new window

Trailhead

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

Lena Lake (#810)

Olympic National Forest - Hood Canal Ranger District

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Guidebooks & Maps

Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula (Romano - Mountaineers Books)

Custom Correct Mount Skokomish-Lake Cushman

Lena Lake Trail #810 & The Brothers Trail #821 Forest Service PDF Map: https://bit.ly/2SnTQtD

Buy the Green Trails The Brothers No. 168 map

Getting There

From Hoodsport, drive travel north on Hwy 101 for 14 miles. Make a left onto Hamma Hamma River Road at milepost 318. Continue for 7.5 paved miles to the trailhead, which can accommodate about 30 cars. A privy is available at the trailhead. Keep in mind that the parking flanks an active road, so if you must park across the road from the trailhead, look both ways before crossing!

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Northwest Forest Pass
8.27.21 Bridge just before arrival at Lena Lake is undergoing reconstruction. Hikers can use a temporary trail below the bridge site that requires a ford (which may fluctuate water levels during rains). For safety, crews may delay hikers passing through the area, occasionally for significant amounts of time.
 

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